PEOPLE in the area have been urged to brave the typically cold January weather and save lives by donating blood.
With howling winds, driving rain and perhaps even sleet and snow seeing in the first month of the year, blood donors could be forgiven for putting off making an appointment.
However, local staff from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are moving to remind residents that hospitals need blood in January just as much as they do any other time of the year.
As a result, Holly Mason a lead donor relations manager for NHSBT has called on both existing and new donors to make a date to donate this month.
She said: “Lots of people are warm to the idea of giving blood but may get put off by the cold weather around this time of the year.
“However, we can guarantee them a warm welcome and a hot cup of tea at all of our sessions – plus the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping sick and injured people in local hospitals wth each and every donation they make.”
Anyone wishing to attend a session should ideally book a place, either by calling 0300 123 23 23 or going to www.blood.co.uk.